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FC Dallas vs Real Salt Lake: What to watch for

Will the new center back duo work out for FCD ?

MLS: FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

After a recent tough stretch of matches, FC Dallas looks to find their winning form once again tonight against Real Salt Lake. If there ever were a team for primed for FC Dallas to beat, it would be Real Salt Lake.

Less than a month ago on May 6th, FC Dallas beat the side from Utah 3-0 on the road. Maxi Urruti netted a brace, and defensive stalworth Matt Hedges added the third. Can FC Dallas rework that incredible performance in Salt Lake?

Key Stats & Notes

  • Real Salt Lake will be without USMNT Nick Rimando and Venezuelan striker Jefferson Savarino.
  • FC Dallas will be without Kellyn Acosta and Hedges, both of whom were called up to the USMNT this past week with Rimando.
  • FC Dallas was a disappointing 1-2-2 in May.
  • Real Salt Lake will be on short rest as this will be their third game in eight days.
  • Walker Zimmerman will be out for tonight’s match due an MCL Strain.
  • Real Salt Lake was 2-0-4 in May.
  • FC Dallas won the previous meeting between the two sides 3-0
  • All-time series: At FC Dallas, the Texans are 12-2-1 against their foes from Utah

FC Dallas; A Restart & Reshuffling

After arguably being the best team in the MLS heading into May, that isn't the case anymore for Oscar Pareja’s side after May. However, with their first match of June against a team, FC Dallas has already beaten, a good start to June should be in order.

With the centre-back duo of Zimmerman and Hedges out, expect to see rookie Walker Hume and Maynor Figueroa man the center of the park defensively. With Mauro Diaz back and available, you may expect him to slot back into the Starting XI. But, expect Pareja to take a slow road back to recovery for his capable Argentine, thus leaving Diaz on the bench.

3 Things to Watch

1. Hume & Figueroa

We all know how steady Hedges and Zimmerman have been over the past few years at the back. But, with both of them out, will we see FC Dallas struggle? Most likely not.

With the lack of quality attacking options available for RSL, expect to see this mix of youth and experience pay dividends defensively for FC Dallas.

2. Does FC Dallas Try to Dictate the Game?

FC Dallas loves to sit back and play on the counter as that is their bread and butter. But, with an inferior side of RSL in front of them tonight, do we see a shift in tactics by FC Dallas? Maybe.

Pareja does like to adjust his team to best matchup against his opponent. With a reshuffled side for this contest, the shifting of tactics might be on the more cautious side this time around.

3. Does FC Dallas Break the Scoreboard?

FC Dallas isn’t a team that is going lead the league in goals every season. But, the Reds do have a habit of occasionally blowing out opponents. With Real Salt Lake giving up a miserable 29 goals on the year, does FC Dallas thrash the visitors in Frisco?

To put it crassly, heck yeah they do.

Match Prediction

FC Dallas 4 - Real Salt Lake 0

Goals: Urruti (x3) & Barrios